What was the last film you watched? v3

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May 28 2017 18:52

I love that manga as well. Did you watch Knights of Siodonia?

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May 28 2017 19:59

Table19, a comedy film that wasn't really that funny and as the characters were pretty cartoonish the serious moments didn't quite come off. A bit of a shame as there were the bones of an interesting story there, they just didn't seem bothered to flesh out the characters at all before the dramatic moments.

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May 28 2017 23:47
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My partner and I watched Rahul Jain's short film 'Machines' a 'fly on the wall' ducumentary about the poorly paid, monotonous and hazardous working conditions in an Indian textile factory where ageing machinery is run into the ground and the only really high tech stuff is the bosses computer run surveillance of his workers. Pretty depressing really but would make a good basis for a more political discussion group with lots of issues hinted at in the various comments from both workers and bosses.
Found a short review here but maybe others around:
www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/machines-958481

I can't seem to find this anywhere, a shame because the trailer looks really interesting. Did you see an in-person screening of it?

Hunt for the Wilderpeople was a good film.

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May 29 2017 11:30

We watched 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' at the same cinema as 'Machines' the former being a positive 'feel good' balancing effort.

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Jun 1 2017 19:38

Alien Covenant - Ridley Scott made one incredible shot of the spaceship with its sails out and then dialled in the rest of the film. Ideally treated as a warm up for Blade Runner 2049 or a reminder that Prometheus wasn't actually that bad.

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Jun 2 2017 10:47

We watched this really good film currently on general UK release. It's the second of a trilogy by a Finnish director that deals in a humane and surprisingly humorous way with the personal results of migration for people fleeing the ongoing middle east wars. Haven't seen the first film in the trilogy though. See this review here:
www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/28/the-other-side-of-hope-aki-kaurisma...

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Jun 2 2017 15:24

Thanks for that Spikymike, Kaurismäki is always good.

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Jun 2 2017 20:59
Spikymike wrote:
We watched this really good film currently on general UK release. It's the second of a trilogy by a Finnish director that deals in a humane and surprisingly humorous way with the personal results of migration for people fleeing the ongoing middle east wars. Haven't seen the first film in the trilogy though. See this review here:
www.theguardian.com/film/2017/may/28/the-other-side-of-hope-aki-kaurisma...

I watched this film, I really loved it.

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Jun 12 2017 03:57

I decided to watch the Babadook after a day or two of seeing all those memes about it being reclaimed as an LGBT icon. Very good and creepy horror, the Babadook looked physically real and otherworldly and the slow burning escalation was very effective pacing.

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Jun 12 2017 03:57

I decided to watch the Babadook after a day or two of seeing all those memes about it being reclaimed as an LGBT icon. Very good and creepy horror, the Babadook looked physically real and otherworldly and the slow burning escalation was very effective pacing.

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Jun 12 2017 06:20

Someone's watching me - John Carpenter thriller, nothing special but the main cast were pretty good, if slightly 80s wooden. Interestingly the new best friend is a lesbian and that is a minor detail and doesn't come up in the plot.Probably only really worth it for Carpenter completists (not a good idea to be one of those Ghosts of Mars is awful)

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Jun 12 2017 12:23
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Give over. It's ace! grin

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Jun 12 2017 12:48

I was out of town this weekend, playing with the company team, and we saw Pirates of the Caribbean part 385639. It was awful. Irredeemably bad. Avoid. I would have been so angry if I had paid for this. Last year, same tournament, it was the World of Warcraft movie. There is something seriously wrong with my boss's taste in movies.

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Jun 12 2017 13:41

I felt the new Pirates had a very similar plot with worse actors who I couldn't engage with/warm to. Maybe that's Life lol. @.@

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Jun 12 2017 17:03
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Last year, same tournament, it was the World of Warcraft movie

That was the movie I last watched. It was ok, but then again I had extremely low expectations of it. It's the first miss by Duncan Jones (I loved Moon and thought Source Code was pretty interesting and entertaining).

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Jun 12 2017 17:48

I haven't seen the Pirates movies between the first and this one, so it's conceivable that I've missed some nuance and most of the jokes. And quite frankly I'm sick of Johnny Depp. I guess this is what happens when you're stuck in Disney and Tim Burton world.

I really liked Moon and Source Code, so I had moderate expectations for the Warcraft movie, not least because the visuals on the trailer were stunning. I wasn't expecting a plot or anything like that but even so it managed to fall well beneath my expectations. A friend who plays WoW did tell me it makes some sense if you play the game.

The last proper film I saw was Moonlight, which I thought was outstanding.

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Jun 12 2017 18:24

I saw the first three Pirates movies; the first was really fun, the second was decent, but the third was a turd. And I agree with being sick of Johnny Depp.

The Warcraft movie was actually based on the RTS Warcraft games and not WoW. IIRC, the story line largely follows that of the RTS games and not the MMO. (/Nerd)

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Jun 12 2017 18:29

Outnerded by Khawaga, I defer to your superior knowledge of Warcraft games smile

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Jun 13 2017 20:50

Seven Days in May (1964)

"United States military leaders plot to overthrow the President"

Oliver Stone's JFK.

Interesting scene with Sutherland's exposition (brief claim that Kennedy's appointed directors were powerless in their respective administrations).

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Jul 13 2017 07:06

The Nice Guys (2016). Made me laugh and kinda, almost had an anti-capitalist message/theme but you'd have to watch the whole film to get what I mean. Set in the 1970's. A professional 'enforcer' (Russell Crowe) crosses paths with a down on his luck, unprofessional private detective (Ryan Gosling) when a girl they are both searching for goes missing. Directed by Shane Black.

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Jul 10 2017 21:47

The Edge of Seventeen. Not an original movie by any means (I've seen plenty of versions of the same story of socially anxious teenager figuring out the world), but well executed and good to great acting.

Also watched Blame!, which is an adaptation of the mange by the same name. Decent enough adaptation, but couldn't really live up to the source material.

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Jul 13 2017 07:07

The Duellists (1977). Armand d'Hubert (Keith Carradine) and Gabriel Féraud (Harvey Keitel) are French soldiers under Napoleon. A trivial quarrel between d'Hubert and Féraud escalates into a lifelong grudge. Directed by Ridley Scott.

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Jul 13 2017 07:04

Barry Lyndon (1975) How does an Irish lad without prospects become part of 18th-century English nobility? For Barry Lyndon (Ryan O'Neal) the answer is: any way he can! Directed by Stanley Kubrick and today considered one of his finest films.

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Jul 19 2017 04:26

Steam Boy (2004) I was surprised after watching how little impression it made here but apparently that was because it was given a very limited release, so not many people saw it.

Its an animated film set in 19th century Britain (Manchester and London) during the industrial revolution. The plot is entirely about how capitalism and the state pervert scientific advancement and often only care about using technology for weapons and war sales. A family of scientists have discovered a new way to harness steam, meaning they've discovered unlimited energy but the company funding their research decides the best way to get a return on investment is to us it to power steam tanks and the like. They're opposed by the British Empire, but they're only getting involved because the company is selling to rival empires and they also want this new tech for themselves.

It looks fantastic, and the dubbing is impressive, characters from Manchester sound like their from Manchester and they even use 19th century appropriate slang and expressions. You also get to hear Patrick Stewart explain how and why war is manufactured by capitalists to increase share holder dividends. The credit sequence is surprisingly bleak though.

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Jul 19 2017 09:53
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Steam Boy (2004) I was surprised after watching how little impression it made here but apparently that was because it was given a very limited release, so not many people saw it.

Its an animated film set in 19th century Britain (Manchester and London) during the industrial revolution. The plot is entirely about how capitalism and the state pervert scientific advancement and often only care about using technology for weapons and war sales. A family of scientists have discovered a new way to harness steam, meaning they've discovered unlimited energy but the company funding their research decides the best way to get a return on investment is to us it to power steam tanks and the like. They're opposed by the British Empire, but they're only getting involved because the company is selling to rival empires and they also want this new tech for themselves.

It looks fantastic, and the dubbing is impressive, characters from Manchester sound like their from Manchester and they even use 19th century appropriate slang and expressions. You also get to hear Patrick Stewart explain how and why war is manufactured by capitalists to increase share holder dividends. The credit sequence is surprisingly bleak though.

That sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out. Sounds like the sort of thing that should be shown to people as part of their education.

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Jul 20 2017 08:26

The Dark Crystal (1982). Directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. Jen (Stephen Garlick), raised by the noble race called the Mystics, has been told that he is the last survivor of his own race, the Gelflings. He sets out to try to find a shard of the dark crystal, a powerful gem that once provided balance to the universe. After the crystal was broken, the evil Skeksis used sinister means to gain control. Jen believes that he can repair the dark crystal and bring peace back to the world, if he can only find the remaining shard.

I enjoyed it. I thought it a better film than the Labyrinth, I don't know if it was because of the cliffhanger at the end or just the fact that it was the first time I've seen this film- where as I' saw the Labyrinth quite a few times when I was a kid.. I think perhaps there is more to this film. The animatronics were groundbreaking. The Skeksis kinda reminded me of Theresa May, and not just in the way they behaved.

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Aug 14 2017 19:47

Obviously watching Kasparov play. The live streams are film-length.

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Aug 14 2017 20:59

A Ghost Story. It's good. I cried. It didn't totally blow me away though for some reason. But it is heartbreaking.

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Aug 14 2017 22:29

Pulp Fiction, I think cultural osmosis didn't do this any favours I found I was predicting most of what would happen next thanks to all the references, parodies and homages I've seen over the years. I was surprised how much of what I thought was random bits came from this film though.

I was also really shocked at about twenty minutes from the end when the guy from the direct line insurance adverts turned up.

I still enjoyed it but I probably should have watched it much sooner.

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Aug 15 2017 19:00

Fist Fight. Ice Cube vs. Charlie from Always Sunny. Stupid and funny movie.